Do I have your attention now?
So, I am not really going to write about mind-blowing sex. This is not that kind of post. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…but I was thinking about mind-blowing sex as a metaphor for a journey in creativity. Creativity can be just as mind-blowing. You suddenly have an idea you need to spit out, spin it, put it on paper. But you get stuck. The idea seems to freeze in your brain, like an ice cream brain freeze and you can’t get it to flow to your fingertips. You type “It was a dark and stormy night….” and delete delete delete just for fun.
Where does creativity come from? Imagination yes, but most of the thoughts that fall to paper come from real life experiences: things we have felt or often are currently feeling; things which affected us deeply. Things that emanate from the deepest part of our soul. That’s the easiest thing to write about, in some ways, and also the hardest. To reach deep within requires strength, you need to overcome the fear of being exposed. Most people live static or sterile lives. Most people never experience mind-blowing sex, the kind that can only stem from an intimate connection between two people. The journey in creativity is, similarly, an explosive experience of intimacy between you and your creative soul. As you endeavor to become honest, intimate and vulnerable with yourself, and thus reveal the creative gems that are within, you can experience a certain ecstasy of self-expression.
Think about a recent experience that gave you immense pleasure (Ok guys, stay away from mind-blowing sex!) Maybe you just met someone who may have changed your life forever, or you went on a great adventure. Sometimes your feelings are confusing, sometimes you just can’t get them out. You need to find a way to share these moments and feelings and get them out in the open, tell your story, share your soul and express yourself as you, the real, deep and honest you.
When you write about this new event or person that came into your closed world, closed because you were living your life without seeing, you think about how they or it impacted your life. If you are a writer, you express it with words. You start with short sentences and then keep adding on, building paragraphs, pages, chapters…and you finish. And you look at the words and the intense emotions you feel, the accomplishment, the story, the words that emanated from within you, are there, and your mind is blown at what you wrote. You didn’t know you had it in you and then suddenly, here it is…. the creative process. You have exhausted yourself with expression and feel the ecstasy of pride. And suddenly, even though you are not a smoker, all you want is to have a cigarette.